Lacrosse Columns

Frank Lombardo

Looking Back on the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award®

by Frank Lombardo July 02, 2021 in Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse

In an extremely challenging year for most, it meant so much for us to honor all of the special seniors during the 2020-21 academic school year - even more so because last year was incomplete. We knew there would need to be a change to our program with student-athletes being granted the option of an additional year of eligibility, and we welcomed the opportunity to be proactive. We encouraged all senior student-athletes, who would have normally exhausted their eligibility at the conclusion of… Continue Reading

Matt Gasper

Nominations for Seniors in 2020-21 Will Proceed

by Matt Gasper December 07, 2020 in Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse

As the Senior CLASS Award continues to evolve and maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic, it has always been our goal to recognize and honor the well-deserving senior student-athletes who represent their prestigious universities during the 2020-21 academic school year. Nominations for the various Senior CLASS Award sports are beginning to open up and we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify how the award process will be conducted during this ever-changing time and address a frequently… Continue Reading

Gary Heise

We’re Honoring Seniors in 2020-21 - Just on a Revised Timeline

by Gary Heise October 16, 2020 in Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse

The Senior CLASS Award has proudly honored the nation’s top senior student-athletes for 18 years. We’ve presented awards to many amazing young stars, some of which have gone on to professional sports careers and others who have been just as successful pursuing other paths in life. The award launched in 2002 with the inspiring story of Shane Battier, the urging of the late, great Dick Enberg and a group of executives who moved forward with the idea. It has grown immensely into an ever-popular… Continue Reading

Frank Lombardo

Parity for Players

by Frank Lombardo March 23, 2020 in Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse

Every young athlete dreams of lifting a trophy at the end of a championship game. It takes years of hard work, dedication, and determination to prepare themselves to have that opportunity. Only a few are able to fulfill that ultimate dream. The NCAA has made the responsible and correct decision to cancel all remaining winter and spring championships. It was, and still is, unprecedented territory for all of us. They were left with no other choice, as the health and safety of everyone involved… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Highlights

by Jill Lee June 14, 2018 in Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse

Another year. Another 10 outstanding student-athletes honored as Senior CLASS Award winners. We love it! From fall to spring, the 2017-18 academic year gave us some incredibly memorable winners. So, to recap this season, we’d like to recount three of our internal highlights from this Senior CLASS Award year. Take a look! 1. Okay, let’s be honest here. Football winner Shaquem Griffin had one of the most amazing stories in all of sports this year, and we were thrilled to be able to honor… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse, Lacrosse

Every spring when the academic year comes to a close, we get a chance to look back on the “year that was” in the world of the Senior CLASS Award (SCA). It’s always inspiring to remember the student-athletes who were honored and recall what they’d done to deserve the honor. This year was certainly one to remember for the SCA staff, as it featured several firsts in award history. We saw our first set of twins make it to the round of finalists when Minnesota volleyball stars Paige and… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

Lacrosse and softball winners shine brightly in children’s eyes

by Laurie Bollig June 02, 2014 in Lacrosse

Shortly after the Senior CLASS Award winner in lacrosse was announced, ESPN writer Dana O’Neill congratulated Princeton’s Tom Schreiber in a very public way via her Twitter feed: “keeping w lax tweets, belated congrats to @TomSchreiber26 on Senior CLASS award. Much deserved. Made a 10 yr old fan especially happy” Based on O’Neill’s status as a mother and a sportswriter, it’s not difficult to assume the 10-year-old is her child. Her congratulatory note about Schreiber, which went… Continue Reading

Connor Casey

Army lacrosse captain considered worth the risk

by Connor Casey June 06, 2013 in Lacrosse

Every professional sports team is taking a risk when they draft an athlete from a military academy. But in the case of Senior CLASS Award winner Brendan Buckley, one team decided the risk was worth it. With the 54th pick in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Draft, the Boston Cannons selected Buckley, Army’s top-rated defenseman. Team vice president and general manager Kevin Barney talked about his thought process for Buckley. “It is always a risk in selecting a military guy as to where… Continue Reading

Geoff Shannon

Six Seconds and A Lifetime for Lowe’s Senior Class Award Winner C.J. Costabile

by Geoff Shannon May 28, 2012 in Lacrosse

Six seconds can change a life. Duke’s C.J. Costabile knows this. Six seconds and the 2012 Lowe’s Senior Class recipient went from a known lacrosse talent to the creator of one of the greatest lacrosse moments in the history of the modern game. By all available indicators Costabile has established a decorated career in men’s lacrosse. To wit: He’s been named a four-time USILA All-American and this year was the recipient of the 2012 Lt. Donald McLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation’s most… Continue Reading

Geoff Shannon

Men’s Lacrosse: Looking beyond the numbers behind this year’s Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidates

by Geoff Shannon March 07, 2012 in Lacrosse

We’re a true ‘Money Ball’ society now, aren’t we? The number crunching revolution, exemplified by author Michael Lewis’ aforementioned book about the deep-level statistical analysis used to keep the early-2000s Oakland Athletics baseball team competitive (Brad Pitt just starred in the movie version, but you knew that), has fixed itself into every last crevasse of the sports world. Lacrosse is no exception. Any extended analysis of the Fastest Game on Two Feet, and it’s stars, must… Continue Reading

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